DPP appeals against Waluke and Wakhungu bail ruling

DPP Noordin Haji [Photo: The Star]

October 1st, 2020 – The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji, has moved to the Court of Appeal to block the release of convicts, MP John Waluke and Grace Wakhungu, on cash bail.

The DPP Haji filed a notice of appeal against the High Court ruling that ordered the Sirisia MP and his co-convict Wakhungu granted Ksh 10 million and Ksh 20 million cash bail respectively.

The duo sought to be freed pending the hearing and determination of their appeal against their long jail sentences after they were convicted of corruption-related charges.

Haji in his notice of appeal said that he is dissatisfied by Justice John Onyiengo’s ruling. He further said that Waluke stands a chance of losing his parliamentary seat, terming the state office as not a personal entitlement

The possibility of Waluke losing his parliamentary seat if he fails to attend eight consecutive sittings is not an exceptional circumstance to warrant grant of bail pending appeal and there is no guarantee that he will win the said seat come 2022,” said Haji

Waluke and Wakhungu were handed 67 and 69 years in jail respectively after they were found guilty of corruption in a maize scandal in which the National Cereal and Produce Board lost millions of shillings to their company.

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